43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cairns
— 16 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Munich

13
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and The Bay Tree Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Leura (The Nook & The Candy Store Leura) and Berrima (Mrs Oldbucks Pantry & Lolly Swagman). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Werri Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Rocks Markets, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kiama Blowhole.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary website .

Munich, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiama, Berrima, Katoomba, Leura, Bridget Kennedy Project Space
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then wander the streets of West End, and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
West End ©
West End

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 25th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbour Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gooseponds. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, then browse the different shops at Caneland Central Shopping Centre, then stroll the grounds of Mackay General Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackay road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Mackay with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Mackay General Cemetery ©
Mackay General Cemetery
Caneland Central Shopping Centre ©
Caneland Central Shopping Centre

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 27th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy, then hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Mackay to Airlie Beach by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Colour Me Crazy
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Colour Me Crazy ©
Colour Me Crazy

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip maker tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 31st (Mon), learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, stop by The Pocket, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip maker app .

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Murdering Point Winery, The Pocket
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

16
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and Historic Village Herberton. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Kuranda (Our Animals Our Earth, Birdworld Kuranda, & more) and Port Douglas (Sunday Market Port Douglas, Safaris, & more). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand, and take in the exciting artwork at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip maker .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Palm Cove, Mareeba, Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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